PornWikiLeaks-Closes-AIMDiane Duke explains the adult performers’ 2257 information on PornWikiLeaks, and AIM Healthcare’s closure.

During the first part of April, the Free Speech Coalition began to receive calls from worried industry members about the existence of Porn Wikileaks.

At that point, it was still unclear from where the information came, as there was what looked like medical information as well as 2257 information. Soon we learned that it was likely that AIM’s database had been hacked and that some 2257 records may have also been compromised.

Almost simultaneously, I learned, from a conversation I had with AIM CEO Sharon Mitchell, that AIM’s clinic “temporarily” was closed due to a “paper work issue.” Apparently, L.A. County had closed the clinic based on a filing technicality. I was assured by Sharon that the paperwork issue would soon be resolved, that the database was still up and the draw stations were still active. Sharon assured me that the AIM clinic would reopen.

Almost immediately thereafter, AIM was sued by two individuals for breach of medical records. I learned that the litigation expenses for individuals suing AIM were covered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

AHF has been attacking the adult industry with frivolous lawsuits, Cal/OSHA and labor complaints as well as protests and misleading inflammatory press conferences for the past two years. AHF has been especially relentless in their attack on AIM.

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AIM Healthcare ClinicLos Angeles County public health officials served a cease-and-desist order Thursday to the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM), shutting down the facility to any new testing or procedures.

The order came two days after state health officials denied the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation‘s application to operate as a community clinic based on what regulators called “business-related issues.”

Diane Duke, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition (FSC), a Canoga Park-based porn trade association, said it was her understanding that despite the order, the clinic, known as AIM, will continue to maintain its database of test results used by porn producers to check whether performers have tested negative for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Duke said performers will be tested using “satellite blood-draw services.”

“Apparently the big difference is that the main AIM clinic cannot be utilized. Therefore, I do not believe that there will be any impairment of production activities,” Duke said.

On the clinic’s website late Thursday, staff called the closure a “temporary situation” and said they were “rapidly moving forward” on completing their license application. The clinic is scheduled to be opened Friday for normal business hours and will provide performers a list of alternate testing sites. Read the rest of this entry »

The adult film performer who tested HIV-positive finally spoke out Tuesday, calling for mandatory condom use in porn productions, improved testing for sexually transmitted disease and follow-up care for fellow performers.

Derrick Burts, 24, said he tested HIV-positive in October at the AIM Healthcare Foundation in Sherman Oaks after working in both gay and straight porn films for a few months. He had previously been identified only as “Patient Zeta.”

Producers of straight porn regularly check performers’ test results using a database maintained by the clinic, known as AIM, to clear actors for work.

Derrick Burts, who performed in straight films as “Cameron Reid” and gay films as “Derek Chambers,” said he was tested at the clinic Oct. 8, then received a panicked call from clinic staff the following afternoon, summoning him to the office.

When he got there, he said, clinic staff told him that he had tested HIV-positive. They wanted to perform a follow-up test and begin notifying performers he had worked with since his last negative test result Sept. 3. Those performers, he was told, would be placed on a quarantine list while they, too, were tested.

Derrick Burts said he gave clinic staff the names of about a dozen performers he had worked with in California and Florida in both gay and straight productions. The list included his girlfriend, who also works in the industry as a performer. He watched as clinic staff began scanning a performer database, notifying those he had named and placing them on a quarantine list.

The clinic has since said that none of the performers on its quarantine list tested positive. Derrick Burts confirmed that his girlfriend tested negative.

He said that when he returned to the clinic Oct. 23 to review the second test results, clinic staff told him that they had traced his HIV infection to someone he had performed a scene with whom they described to him as a “known positive.”

Although straight porn performers must show negative HIV test results before filming, the gay porn industry does not have the same restrictions, although condom use is typically required.

Derrick Burts said he asked who the performer was and clinic staff told him they could not reveal the performer’s name or gender due to patient confidentiality.

Clinic officials could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night. An attorney for the clinic was traveling outside the United States, according to an e-mail received from him earlier in the day.

Derrick Burts says he may have contracted the disease during a gay porn shoot in Florida. He said the performers used condoms during intercourse but not during oral sex.

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Anonymous Porn performer tests positive for HIVFiremen are asked if they are afraid of being trapped in a burning building. Police Officers are asked if they fear being shot and killed on duty. Porn stars may be working in a business of pleasure, but the level of risk is still just as real if not properly managed.

Tuesday October 12th, AIM (The Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation) notified the adult industry that an anonymous adult performer had tested positive for HIV. AIM has since taken proper action via contacting and quarantining all adult performers who could have possibly contracted the virus through the unnamed star.

The last industry HIV scare occurred last year when a female performer was found to be infected, but fortunately no reports surfaced of any collateral spreading. Before that incident was the famous Darren James case of 2004 where others were not as fortunate. In respect of these past events, major players in the porn world have decided to play it safe until more information becomes available.

Leading the charge of responsible adult business strategy, Vivid Entertainment and Wicked Pictures were the first two big boys to halt all production until further notice. Being a major company in the limelight for it’s high profile celebrity sex tape collection, Vivid’s choice seemed to be a no-brainer. Wicked Pictures, on the other hand, is a porn studio which requires mandatory use of condoms. Theirs was a decision of pure respect for the gravity of the situation.

“Even though Wicked is condoms-mandatory, we have postponed our upcoming productions to give AIM a chance to create a comprehensive quarantine list,” stated a Wicked Official. “Thanks to the continued efforts of AIM, the entire industry was all made aware of this possible threat on the same day.” – AVN

Since AIM broke the harrowing news, many other major adult video production companies have followed Vivid and Wicked in their responsible actions. Hustler Video, Digital Playground, Jennaration X Studios, Girlfriends Films and Kick Ass Pictures have all halted production until an accurate assessment of the situation is acquired.

HotMovies.com wishes all those involved great strength through this ordeal. Two gigantic thumbs up go out to AIM for it’s amazing response efforts within the Adult Industry, and to all of the studios who have taken precautions for their performers.